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by Paul on 07/10/09 at 09:10 AM ET
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
...That said, I think there might be something to this—though I can’t tell you the extent of the Devils’ interest. The Devils could use a defenseman that can run the power play and Zubov might come cheap on a one-year deal.
Grossman said that there has been considerable interest in the soon-to-be 39-year-old defenseman (his birthday is July 22).
“We’ve had quite a few inquiries, six to eight teams that I would say have legitimate interest,” Grossman said. “It’s a bit of a process on both ends finding a good fit.”
The Rangers are also believed to be among the teams interested in Zubov. Dallas wanted him back, but was hoping he would accept a one-year deal with performance bonuses—which is allowed for a player 35 or older that signs a one-year deal or a player coming off a long-term injury that signs a one-year contract. (If the Devils end up re-signing Brendan Shanahan, they will probably give him a one-year deal with reachable bonuses).
The obvious concern with Zubov, besides his age, is his hip.
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